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Sunday, February 1, 2009

Law Revue Video Diaries - Part Three

Let's bring it on home with Act Two...


"Intimate Injunctions"

  • This was shot in two halves - Grdo's half was filmed the same day as Newsreel; Beck and Sarah's half was shot the same day as Mickey Lyons' bit for the Amazing Race and Bin's bit in St. Lucia Home.

  • I'm positive that at the time Grdo HATED filming this, but listening back to the audience laugh track, I'm also positive that it got me laughs than any other video.

  • We shot it on a Wednesday, meaning the markets were set up around the union complex. Grdo found "The Joy Of Sex" and bought it for the sketch. When we headed down to Wordies to film a shot, some guy came up to Grdo and seemed interested in the book - way too interested - asking him where he got it, how much he paid for it, and if there were any more. As far as I know, Grdo still has the book. We also learned a unique sexual technique that can possibly kill a woman if done the slightest bit incorrectly - like that blowfish episode of The Simpsons, you know? (2009 ed: my memory seems to tell me that it involved blowing on the vagina, but in hindsight, this seems like bullshit or I'm not remembering it correctly...)

  • The insert shot of the clock is just my clock at home.

  • The music is a Kenny G track from the soundtrack of "The Bodyguard".

  • Grdo is smothering his face with a Wonka bar - a coincidence considering the title of the show was a play on "Charlie And The Chocolate Factory".

"Dancing With The Staff"

  • This was the very last thing we shot and edited - literally, the day before the show. (2009 ed: Not the closest to the wire I've been with video filming and editing, but back then we though it was rushed.)

  • Pizzato was originally meant to tango with Sarah D, but he had to work that day. His stand-in, Gerard, diagnosed himself as VERY hungover and not in any position to dance, so I had to do it - not that I complained. ;)

  • For the record, Bernard Cairns is the absolute sweetest. When we explained it to him, he just looked at us with sad puppy dog eyes and said "But I'm not a dancer." AWWWWWWW, you just want to hug him.

"Please Ring For Assistance"

  • Another last minute video filler, which substitued for McNab's Restaurants - a video Ross McNab politely declined to do, involving a restaurant chain Ross McNab has set up solely for the purpose of knocking food out of its patrons hands once they've paid for it.

  • I'm wearing Angela's red Cybrary shirt - it was a VERY hot day when we shot it, and for some stupid reason, I'd worn a white undershirt as well. I obviously offered to take it home and wash and iron it.

  • The music is "Jerk It Out" by The Caesars, which was getting a fair bit of airplay in an iPod ad. I think the sketch came about just because I thought it sounded like "montage music" and should be used as such.

  • The Sudoku puzzle answer is real - Marc and I sat down and quickly rushed through it so it would look accurate.

  • Marc and Kate are in Pav's room at college.

  • Marc and I had to take several takes of the beer drinking scene. Ah method acting.

"I Still Call St. Lucia Home"

  • The most ambitious video of 2005 to do, even though it only came to about 2 minutes of screen time - the editing was easy to do once it was shot, but the planning and preparation was a bitch.

  • First, we had to rewrite the lyrics.
    Then, I had to arrange it, picking the right voices for each line.
    Then, because I couldn't find a suitable backing track, I had to arrange and program a midi backing track as well.

  • Finally, we managed to get Hailey M., Bec Rowling, Kelly, Alex, Pizzato, Gerard, Hayley L, Marc and myself together in a seminar room for about 6 hours during the July holidays to record and mix it - it was a long and arduous process for everyone but an ultimately fun and productive night.

  • There's about 25-30 people that appear in the video - we got it all done on a Saturday morning, thanks to careful planning and shot design.

  • Coles down at St. Lucia were cool enough to loan us a shopping trolley to use as a dolly for some shot, but it never really worked, because we usually didn't have a smooth enough ground to run it on. The only shot we used it for successfully was in Hawken building ("All the crooked lawyers...")

  • Sam got to fulfill his dream of filming a shot from a moving car. Unfortunately, it didn't make the final cut because you couldn't properly see the actors' lips moving.

  • Gerard had the very last shot of the day, sitting at Merlo with Bec Rowling. Again, unfortunate for him, he was hungover again. This wasn't a habit of Gerard's - it was just bad timing.

  • Bin's shot out at the QUT logo at Gardens Point was done the same day as Beck and Sarah doing Intimate Injunctions, and Mickey Lyons in the Amazing Race. When we got there, there was some ear-shattering construction work going on just out of shot, so I basically had to sing the lines out loud from my dictaphone and Bin would copy it over me. We tried four different faces - "serious", "gay", "spastic" and "seriously gay spastic". I'll let you try and figure out which one we used. ;)

So yeah, that was my extensive behind-the-scenes coverage of the videos from the 2005 revue, which, in my opinion, were the most fun to do. Each year from then on, they became less and less fun to do, harder to think of sustainable ideas. I wish I'd done the same kind of notes for 2006 and 2007 but I didn't - hopefully when I have the time, patience and the right amount of memory-enhancing ginkgo biloba, I'll do the same.

Good times. :)

xo Jimmy

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